A new survey shows that Bill Gates is still liked more than Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos. This is despite the fact that his ties to Jeffrey Epstein took away his reputation as the friendly billionaire next door.
In the poll, New Yorkers were asked about Big Tech and what the government should do about the huge industry. The results showed that 69 percent of people like Gates. Jeff Bezos, the head of Amazon, has a 47 percent favorability rating, while Mark Zuckerberg has a 43 percent rating.
Edison Research’s study shows that Elon Musk, who is the richest person in the world and a critic of Tesla, got a favorability rating of 64 percent, just one point less than Gates.
The low ratings for tech moguls may have made New Yorkers feel even more strongly that the government should do more to keep Big Tech in check. About 70% of New Yorkers said they weren’t happy with how tech is regulated now, and 80% of those polled said that the current laws don’t protect privacy enough.
Forecasters say this shows that even regular New Yorkers want Big Tech to be regulated.
One Washington insider told The Post, “Antitrust reform is popular not just in New York but all over the country. If the Senate can’t even call a vote, it’s just the latest sign that the institution and its leadership are completely broken.”
The meeting comes at a time when people are talking about antitrust laws more than ever. Schumer says he will bring the Internet Innovation and Choice Act to the floor, but he won’t say when.
The “non-discrimination bill” would stop platforms from putting their own content at the top of search results. For example, Amazon wouldn’t be able to promote its own content over third-party sellers on its site. Supporters say this would help smaller companies compete against Jeff Bezos’ e-commerce giant.
The bill has passed the first tests in both the House and the Senate. It has been approved by the relevant committees, but it has been waiting for Schumer to move it forward in the Senate so that it can be signed into law.
People who want antitrust laws have been putting more pressure on Schumer in the past few weeks. Last week, a group of protesters dressed as the “Monopoly Man” went to Schumer’s home in D.C. to “thank him for being a friend to Big Tech.”